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SNL fans praise ‘Washington’s Dream’ sketch calling it the show’s ‘best in years’

Emily Brown

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SNL fans praise ‘Washington’s Dream’ sketch calling it the show’s ‘best in years’

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Saturday Night Live viewers can't get enough of Nate Bargatze's 'Washington's Dream' sketch after he took the reins for the latest episode of the show.

American comedian Bargatze launched into the sketch during the SNL episode on 28 October, when he was joined by the likes of Kenan Thompson, Mikey Day, Bowen Yang and James Austin Johnson.

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Dressed in full George Washington garb, the comedian took on the role of the first US president and preached to his soldiers about his dreams for the country.

Top of the list? Its own system of weights and measures.

Sounds about right.

The scene addresses all the confusing elements about measurements in the US, right down to the millilitres.

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"I dream that one day our proud nation will measure weight in pounds, and that 2000lbs shall be called a tonne," Bargatze said.

Highlighting just how baffling the measuring system is, Bargatze responded to the question of what 1000lbs would be called with the simple answer: "Nothing. Because we will have no word for that."

Nate Bargatze addressed all the bizarre rules of the US. Credit: NBC
Nate Bargatze addressed all the bizarre rules of the US. Credit: NBC

“We are free men!," Bargatze went on to proclaim as Washington.

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"And we will be free to measure liquids in litres and millilitres... but not all liquids, only soda, wine and alcohol... For milk and paint we will use gallons, pints and quarts, god-willing.”

Day then addressed the issue so many of us have stumbled upon over the years, asking how many litres are in a gallon.

In response, Bargatze simply stated: "Nobody knows."

The sketch continued to get cheers and applause as Bargatze touched on various nonsensical realities of the US, pointing out that football is a 'sport where you throw a ball with your hands' while steadfastly ignoring the soldiers' important questions about 'plans for men of color'.

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'Washington' ignored all the important questions. Credit: NBC
'Washington' ignored all the important questions. Credit: NBC

The comics involved have only received more praise after their sketch was shared online, with one person commenting: "This is the best SNL skit in a long time."

Another fan responded: "This skit will be remembered not only for being hilarious but for being timeless - in the sense of unconnected to contemporary events and personalities.

"That's tough to do on a weekly schedule and have the confidence that the audience will 'get it'. I'm amazed SNL can still come up with a classic."

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"The skipping of Kenan’s questions has me on floor crying." wrote a third viewer.

Saturday Night Live has been allowed to continue amid the ongoing actor's strike in Hollywood, as organization SAG-AFTRA explained: “The programme is a SAG-AFTRA non-dramatic production under a separate agreement that is not subject to the union’s strike order.”

Topics: Film & TV, Saturday Night Live, Celebrity, Film and TV

Emily Brown
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